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Update on Water Issue

From the Western Berks Water Authority...

The water is safe for use and consumption. The odor or taste issue was caused by a water main break that occurred in Bern Township. The tank was drained down very low and the break stirred up any sediment that accumulated.  The fire hydrants were flushed in the hopes that this would help to eliminate the sediment and there is still some sediment that's remaining. You are welcome to use bottled water for the time being, but the water is safe to drink and can be used for daily use. Please be patient while the sediment works it way through the system.

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact Borough Hall at 610-374-8273.

Budget Meeting
Saturday, December 3, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Meeting held at Borough Hall

Run Santa Run
Saturday, December 10th

- The course is as follows:
- Penn Avenue to 7th Avenue
- Wayne Avenue to Chestnut Street
- Chestnut Street to S 2nd Avenue
- S 2nd Avenue to Linden Lane
- Linden to Playground Drive
- Playground Drive to Parkview Road
- Parkview Road to 5th Avenue
- Cross bridge next to the pool and around the track
- Cross Museum Road to Parkside Drive North
- Parkside Drive North to 7th Avenue
- 7th Avenue to Spruce Street
- Spruce Street to Lakeview
- Lakeview to Wayne Avenue
- Wayne Avenue to 6th
- 6th to Franklin
- Franklin to Lakeview
- Lakeview to Penn - ending at 613 Penn Avenue

Run Santa Run 5K map

West Reading Fire Co Kiddies Christmas Party

Saturday, December 17th
2:00pm to 4:00pm

West Reading Fire Co (223 Playground Drive)

Kiddies Christmas Party is for children of Borough Residents ages 10 and under. Admission is FREE and all children will get to see Santa and receive a small gift. You must pre-register your child/children. Registration forms are available at Borough Hall or you may click on the link shown below. Please return your completed registration form to Borough Hall by 5pm on Friday, December 16th.

Kiddies Christmas Party registration forms

Registration forms can also be filled out online by going to the West Reading Fire Company's website at and click on the "Kiddies Christmas Party" link. Please submit one child per form. Multiple forms will need to be filled out if you are registering more than one child.

Street Cleaning

If a scheduled street cleaning day falls on a holiday, please note that your street will not be cleaned on that day unless otherwise specified. Therefore, your street will be cleaned on the next scheduled cleaning day. If you have any questions, please contact borough hall.


Lighthouse Christian Center - 3 members have been approved to solicit in the borough through 12/29/16

Environmental Advisory Council

The EAC board currently has a vacancy. EAC meets on the 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. of every month to discuss environmental issues. Interested residents should forward a letter of interest to:

Borough of West Reading
Attn: Cathy Hoffman
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611


Friday, December 2nd - Tree Lighting
Friday, December 9th - 2nd Friday on Penn
Friday, December 16th - House Judging
Saturday, December 19th
- Run Santa Run (5K Run)
Monday, December 26th - Borough Hall Closed (Christmas)
Monday, January 2nd - Borough Hall Closed (New Year's Day)

Our Online Payment Option is now available! If you have an internet connection and an e-mail address, you can now pay your water bill online. To pay your bill online go to 

Parking tickets can now be paid online by visiting the following link:

Only parking ticket #'s that start with "PV" can be paid through this link. There is an additional fee of $1.98 to pay your parking ticket online.


Remember that BULK collection is the FIRST FRIDAY of the month and only one bulk item is allowed. Please do not place these items out on other trash days. If you have any questions pertaining to the bulk pickup please contact Borough Hall.

Also remember to place ONLY recycling in your recycling containers - NO TRASH! This way the hauler doesn't need to search through your bin.

Special Notice concerning trash/recycling:

The Codes Department will be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids.  Notice of Violation letters will be sent to any property found to be in violation.  If the violation is not corrected a citation will be filed with the District Justice Magistrate.  Due to the public health and safety of the residents, we as for your cooperation with the following.

1.) All refuse MUST be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons.  It is suggested that you mark your containers with your address.

2.) Four (4) trash cans per residence per pickup are allowed.  Please DO NOT place bulky items out for regular pickup.  These items may only be placed out for pickup on the first Friday of every month.

3.) Please DO NOT place trash/recycling out prior to Noon the day before pickup and promptly remove your receptacle by midnight on the day of pickup.

4,) Trash pickup remains every Tuesday and Friday
Recycling pickup remains every Wednesday.

5.) Yard waste MUST be placed in biodegradable bags for pickup or arrangements need to be made with the Borough Garage for disposal.  Please call 610-374-8605 to schedule and appointment between the hours of
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Streets.

6.) Electronic items such as microwaves, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will not be picked up by the trash hauler.  These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials.  Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at for more information.


Attention businesses and residents of West Reading Borough....If you get a phone call from PP&L asking you for money or your electric will be shut off if you do not comply, please contact West Reading Police at 610-373-0111. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!

Water Quality Report Information

Every year at this time we provide all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year.  The report contains important information about the source and quality of our drinking water.  This year, instead of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here.  However if you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please call the water department at 610-374-8273, option 1 and we will be happy to send one out.

Buttonwood Street Bridge Closure

For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Buttonwood Street Bridge please click on the link listed below. 


To learn more about the program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.

The CodeREDâ„¢ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications.  CodeREDâ„¢ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeREDâ„¢ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.


Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority

In case of a water related emergency and to get up to date information on the water advisory, please go to and click on the "water advisory" link.





Upcoming Event

Shade Tree Commission meeting
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The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
Fax: 610-374-8419
E:mail: webmaster
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.